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Hastings Swimmers Qualify for Conference Finals

SCARSDALE, N.Y. — Coach Dom Wemer moved from the Scarsdale Municipal Pool to his Hastings Pool swim team’s home base Monday, getting his swimmers organized and ready to race in the Westchester Swim Conference’s opening day of qualifying.

“I had everything (rain gear) ready, in case there was a rain delay,” Wemer said. “But this is a good day to be in the pool. We have a nice group of swimmers and we expect to get some of them to the finals.”

Wemer’s hopes were realized as his girls’ relay team made the cut and two girls qualified in three individual events for the semifinals and possible finals that will be held Thursday at Westchester Country Club.

“I got fourth in the backstroke and Sakura (Hamazaki) placed 10th, so we both made the semifinals,” Allie Lemischak said between heats. “The conference meet is more relaxed and less pressure than the county meet. We have a good freestyle relay team that made it, too.”

Hamazaki, who, like Lemischak made the next round in butterfly and freestlye, said the waiting between events wasn’t as tough as it was at last week’s Westchester County Swimming Championships. She was pleased to be going to the big event Thursday.

“This meet is fun because they take the top 16 places and we do pretty well here,” Hamazaki said. “We try to play cards and talk between events, so it goes by pretty quick.”

Katie Siebert, siblings James and Sophia Macaluso and Mika Andrews rounded out the small Hastings squad. James Macaluso qualified in the 13-Under 100 breastroke in eight place.

“This is pretty much the sport I spend the most time on,” James Macaluso said. “It takes a lot of time and swimmers train in the evenings during the school year, so it can be inconvenient, but I enjoy it. This meet is a lot of fun because it’s pretty relaxed.”

Wemer will take a group of 6- to 8-year-olds to Tuesday’s qualifying at Coveleigh Country Club in Rye and a couple of swimmers to Wednesday's 17-Under meet at Orienta Beach Club in Mamaroneck. He was happy to see his team enjoying the event.

“The kids like to get to that last meet for the finals,” Wemer said. “It’s nice way to end the swimming season.”

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